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Career and Majors Exploration

Choosing a career can be based on a lot of factors. However, in the best of circumstances it is based on what is best for you. Career exploration should take a lot of things into consideration: your personality, personal values and ethics, your likes and dislikes, and your skills and abilities. Each job can be classified based on these personal attributes.

Career exploration inventory programs, like O*NET, ask you questions about yourself and offer potential jobs that match up with your answers. Be sure to be honest with the answers you give to get the best results.

In an ideal world, you would totally base your career decision on theses personal factors. In reality other factors such as where you live, access to education, the economy, etc. play major roles. So, the best you can do is make sure you are aware of the characteristics of potential jobs so that you go into your education program well informed as to what you will do when you actually get on the job. This can be done by using information resources such as O*NET and the America's Career Info Network to explore job characteristics, salaries, trends, and outlooks in the job market.

When you have identified potential careers, ask people, who do the job, what it is actually like. Even see if you can job shadow someone on the job for a day.

No test can be 100% accurate in giving you information about careers that match well with you. No exploration of careers can show you what it will actually be like to do a job. So, do the research and exploration so that you are at least well informed to support the decisions you make.

Remember that the CATS staff is here to assist for every step of the process. Contact us whenever you have a question or need our help.


The O*NET Interest Profiler can help you find out what your interests are and how they relate to the world of work. You can find out what you like to do.

The O*NET Interest Profiler helps you decide what kinds of careers you might want to explore.

My Next Move

O*NET Interest Profiler at My Next Move


Career and Majors Exploration Links

KY Stats Career Explorer

My Next Move: O*NET Interest Profiler


Southeast 2 + 2 Programs

Occupational Network Online (O*Net Online)

America's Career Information Network (America's Career Info Net)

MySkillsMyFuture (US Dept. of Labor)

MyNextMove for Veterans

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